Jayachandra Vijayachandra’s son and successor, he came to the throne in
1170. His career and achievements, hardly known from his copper-plates and
the panegyrics of the Prithviraja Raso, are illumined by the Muslim
chronicles and other independent sources. Jayachandra was the last great
monarch of Kanauj whose power and resources must have impressed the
Muslim historians.
    Jayachandra’s peaceful reign was seriously menaced by Muiz-ud-din
Muhammad Ghori, who, after conquering Delhi and Ajmer from the
Chahamanas, advanced with a large force against Kanauj in 1193.
Jayachandra met him on the plain between Chandwar and Etawah, and fell
fighting.
    Jayachandra’s name is associated with the history of Sanskrit literature
for the liberal patronage extended by him to Sriharsha, who wrote the well-
known Naisadhacharita, Khandana-khanda-khadya, the latter being the most
famous and important of those Vedanta treatises which emphasise the
negative or sceptical side of the system.
Last Rulers The defeat and death of Jayachandra did not lead to the
annexation of the kingdom of Kanauj by the Muslims. Harishchandra, son of
Jayachandra, was allowed to rule as a vassal to Shihab-ud-din. Adakkamalla,
Harishchandra’s successor, was deprived of his ancestral kingdom by
Iltutmish. Thus ended the glory of imperial Kanauj after six centuries of
political domination in northern India.
Chandellas
After the break-up of the Pratihara empire, the Chandellas rose and
established their rule over Bundelkhand. Like most medieval dynasties, the
Chandellas claim their descent from Chandratreya, a descendant of the
‘Moon dynasty’. The earliest capital of the Chandella kings seems to have
been at Khajuraho, the splendour of which reached its zenith in the 10th
century.
Early Rulers Nannuka founded the dynasty in the first quarter of the 9th
century around Khajuraho in Bundelkhand. Nannuka’s son and successor,
Vakpati, who lived in the second quarter of the 9th century, fought with